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God's sabbatical years : the story of Alan Weiler

Author: Peter Harris; JewishGen, Inc.,
Publisher: New York, NY : Jewish Gen, Inc., [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
Summary:
"As a boy, Alan Weiler lived in Vilna, Lithuania, a city famed for its Jewish learning. A promising student, Alan planned to attend the city's university and become a doctor. In 1941, when he was 13, Germans captured the city. The tried to flee, but were captured and brought back. Gangs began to roam the streets hunting Jews for bounty, dragging them to prison or massacre. Alan and his family were stripped of their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Personal narratives
Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Harris; JewishGen, Inc.,
ISBN: 9781939561565 1939561566
OCLC Number: 1096235060
Description: xiv, 208 pages : illustrations, map ; 29 cm
Contents: The trial at Hechingen --
My childhood years --
Our flight from Vilna --
Return to the ghetto; and the "yellow star" --
Life in the ghetto --
Under the Nazi jackboot --
Going into hiding --
Becoming a blackmarketeer --
Survival in the ghetto --
Living and dying by bread alone --
Civil administration under Hingst and Murer --
The Lides Affair --
My first teenage sweetheart --
The Colonia Toz mass murder --
Joining the partisans --
"Legal" and "illegal" diseases --
Making the Vilna Province "Judenrein" (clear of Jews) --
Icik Witenberg and the United Partisans Organization --
The liquidation of the ghetto --
Our arrival at Vaivara --
My baptism of fire --
Arrival at Narva --
Life under Pannicke and Schnabel --
Harsh treatment in a harsh winter --
My "grandma" Evginia --
Arrival at Kivioli 2 --
Arrival at Aseri --
Arrival at Goldfiltz --
On the road to Tallinn --
Arrival at Stutthof --
Arrival at Schomberg; and the "Scourge of Dautmergen" --
The death of my father --
Dautmergen under Kruth and Schnabel --
Increase in Allied air-raids --
The evacuation of Dautmergen --
Our first taste of freedom --
List of those murdered in Dautmergen.
Responsibility: by Peter Harris.

Abstract:

"As a boy, Alan Weiler lived in Vilna, Lithuania, a city famed for its Jewish learning. A promising student, Alan planned to attend the city's university and become a doctor. In 1941, when he was 13, Germans captured the city. The tried to flee, but were captured and brought back. Gangs began to roam the streets hunting Jews for bounty, dragging them to prison or massacre. Alan and his family were stripped of their belongings and sent to the Vilna Ghetto, where many starved or died. The Ghetto was itself only a stop on the way to a succession of concentration camps, where the only alternatives were slave labor or slaughter. Yet through a combination of guile, linguistic ability, and luck, Alan survived. During the Holocaust, about 95 percent of Lithuania's quarter-million Jewish population was murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. In telling his story to journalist Peter Harris, Weiler said it should be called God's Sabbatical Years, contending that "if there is a God in Heaven, he must have been on holiday" during those long years of suffering. This Holocaust memoir was written over 40 years ago, with only three typed copies produced. One surviving copy was being donated to the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide in London, when the archivist remarked to the author Peter Harris, that the books deserves to be published. So now this long forgotten important first-hand account of the horrors of the Shoah appears in print and are available to the public"--

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